Essay: The Blue Horse

March 13, 2012

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"A Stallion." Habiballah of Sava (active ca. 1590-1610). Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Chinatown bus that takes me frequently back and forth from New York to Boston uses Route 84 through Connecticut, a highway that at times feels little better than I-95, its neighbor to the east, yet like all long roads still offers its own take on the landscape. Of chief interest to me is a […]

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Exhibition Review: Damien Hirst

January 21, 2012

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Damien Hirst’s “The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011,” is a show of some three hundred works that has been given the exclusive simultaneous run of each of Larry Gagosian’s eleven galleries for the next month. It’s a big-budget painting show in which a mega-dealer fetes one of his mega-stars. In the age of the Art Career, […]

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Exhibition Review: Yuskavage and Kannemeyer

November 2, 2011

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Two of the more provocative painting shows currently on view in Chelsea, those of Lisa Yuskavage at David Zwirner and Anton Kannemeyer at Jack Shainman, seem at first to have little in common. Yet Yuskavage’s sex-hungry girls and Kannemeyer’s direct illustrational take on post-colonial fallout in Africa share more than the unsettling nature of their […]

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Exhibition Review: Per Kirkeby

October 16, 2011

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The seven landscapes of Danish artist Per Kirkeby, currently on view at Michael Werner Gallery, are the work of a painter for whom the goodness of the natural world is not taken for granted. Their explicit acknowledgement of the concurrence of beauty and pain in nature is what distinguishes them from the work of others. […]

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Exhibition Review: Tom Fairs

July 4, 2011

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A funny thing about drawing is that the case we make for it as the foundation of a serious studio practice is seldom borne out by the output of artists whom we admire. Though we identify it as an essential tool for painters and sculptors alike, how often do we have the chance to see […]

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Essay: Navel-gazing in Chelsea

April 12, 2011

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published on artcritical.com An experiment. Walk around Chelsea, stopping into galleries to collect press releases. Once you have a fistful substantial enough to make a mathematically sound statistical analysis, read through them, separating them into two stacks, one for those which tout the work in question as a challenge to the established art world, and […]

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Museum Review: “On Line” at MOMA

February 23, 2011

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The exhibition “On Line,” recently on view at the Museum of Modern Art, generated some positive buzz with the curators’ inclusion of a large dollop of dance. With a compelling live-performance program fleshing out the performance films that peppered galleries otherwise devoted to drawing, painting and sculpture, the Modern seemed to be insisting that it […]

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Museum Review: The Roerich Museum

February 23, 2011

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To visit the Nicholas Roerich Museum, located in a beautiful brownstone on a quiet block of 109th St. between Broadway and Riverside Drive, is to be thrown headfirst into a world of painterly contradictions. Roerich, who was born in Russia in 1874 and died in India in 1947, with extended stays in France, Finland, America, […]

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Exhibition Review: Peter Greenaway

February 23, 2011

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“Leonardo on Park Avenue, Courtesy of Peter Greenaway” Originally published on artcritical.com http://artcritical.com/2010/12/11/greenaway/

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